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Becoming a true businesswoman

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ibtissam Jaber collecting sumac berries to use in the products she sells. Photo: Courtesy of the Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development & Family Empowerment / Mohammad Fawaz. At first, Ibtissam Jaber, 46 and a mother of seven, was hesitant to join her village’s newly established agricultural cooperative. Her husband did not like the idea of her working outside the home and initially forbade her to become a member. In rural communities in southern Lebanon,...

Press release: The National Commission for Lebanese Women signs a memorandum of understanding with UN Women to enhance the role of women in the areas of security, peace and political, social and economic life

Monday, July 15, 2019

Beirut, 15 July 2019 - The National Commission for Lebanese Women, represented by its President Mrs. Claudine Aoun Roukoz, signed today a memorandum of understanding with UN Women, represented by its Head in Lebanon and Country Programme Manager, Ms. Rachel Dore-Weeks, at the NCLW’s premises in Hazmieh and in the presence of NCLW’s members and UN Women’s team. This memorandum aims at coordinating efforts between the National Commission for Lebanese Women and UN Women to...

Press release: Arab women’s essential contribution to peace and prosperity remains overlooked, according to a new UN Women report.

Monday, July 15, 2019

(Cairo, 15 June) — Almost twenty years since the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), its implementation in the Arab States Region remains limited, hindering prospects for peace and stability, according to a new UN Women report. The report, Eighteen Years On: Assessing the Implementation of the UNSCR 1325 Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the Arab States Region , takes stock of progress, challenges and opportunities for...

200 Youth volunteers awarded at HeForShe closing ceremony for reaching 20,000 commitments on women’s empowerment

Monday, July 15, 2019

In partnership with the Greater Amman Municipality and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Arabic HeforShe movement organized a closing ceremony to mark the conclusion of its second phase and to commemorate the milestone achievement of 20,000 commitments reached across the Kingdom in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Launched in 2015 in Jordan, Arabic HeforShe engaged more than 500 youth volunteers in Jordan’s universities and communities, 200 of whom were awarded during the closing ceremony.

From where I stand: “Equality between men and women…is a moral imperative”

Friday, July 12, 2019

Taher Sellami, a young entrepreneur and business student, is striving to use innovative technologies to drive social change in Tunisia and worldwide.

From where I stand: “My dream is to open the first baby photography studio in Palestine”

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Doaa Eshtayeh, from Nablus, Palestine, found her talent and passion in photography and has made it her profession. Doaa is the main provider for her family, thanks to the support she received through a UN Women project that helped her develop her skills and buy the equipment she needed.

Take Five: “Ending human trafficking has become my life’s mission”

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Racha Haffar, Founder and President of ‘‎Not 4 Trade’, an NGO working to prevent human trafficking in Tunisia. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim Racha Haffar is a feminist award-winning women rights activist from Tunisia. She is the founder and president of ‘ Not 4 Trade ,’ the first anti-human trafficking NGO in Tunisia. She is also a Fulbright Alumna at the University of Kentucky, a journalist and a professor of public speaking and professional communication. An...

In the words of Nidal Abdul Ghani: “It had been a long time since I felt such joy. I will finally have a job!”

Monday, July 8, 2019

Nidal Abdul Ghani is one of the 196 women in Iraq who have benefitted from UN Women’s cash-for-work programme. Photo: Courtesy of Tajdid. Nidal Abdul Ghani is a beneficiary of the cash-for-work programme implemented by Tajdid Iraq Foundation for Economic Development (Tajdid). Tajdid is working in partnership with UN Women on the Regional Programme “ Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey ”, funded by the EU...

A second chance for conflict-affected women in Yemen

Monday, July 8, 2019

At just 25 years of age, Elham Ghaleb Mohammed has endured more than most people see in a lifetime. A mother of five, her infant son died of liver disease and her toddler daughter was killed by shrapnel from a mortar in Yemen's war. Elham had been displaced by conflict, indebted and exhausted, when she was offered a lifeline: training in sewing and business management, delivered by the Women’s Leadership, Empowerment Access and Protection (LEAP) in Crisis Response in Al Salam Camp in...

Press release: To accelerate gender equality, UN Women launches a Call to Action to parliamentarians

Thursday, June 27, 2019

In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25) and UN Women’s ground-breaking campaign commemorating the anniversary, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, today called upon global parliamentarians to build on the experiences and best practices from Member States on how to achieve a gender equal world via legislation and parliamentary work.

In the words of Joyce Azzam: “I want to inspire women and girls to follow their dreams and discover their potential”

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Joyce Azzam holds the Lebanese flag on top of Mount Everest. Photo: Elia Saikaly. Mountaineer Joyce Azzam has realized an unprecedented feat by becoming the first Lebanese woman to scale the highest mountains of each of the seven continents, also known as The Seven Summits Challenge. By successfully reaching the peak of the icy Mount Everest which stands at 8,848 m, she has set an example in courage and endurance to women and girls in her native Lebanon and also abroad. She has been...

Finding a new rhythm in life

Thursday, June 20, 2019

To provide women with a safe space where they can escape, bond and deal with the trauma they’ve experienced as survivors of gender-based violence, the JWU is using music as a tool for empowerment and stress relief. Over the course of six months, 20 women accessing the hotline or the Centre’s protection services will follow two weekly two-hour musical therapy sessions, as well as practical and theoretical musical training sessions. Women are selected on the basis of interest and most have no prior musical background.

Photo essay: Syrian women in Jordan share stories of war and hope

Thursday, June 20, 2019

From refugee camps to urban settlements and rural communities, Jordan has provided refuge to more than 1.3 million Syrians since 2011. 1 Eighty-six per cent of Syrian refugees live below the poverty line and half of the refugee population are women and girls . 2  In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis Centre in the Za’atari refugee camp as a safe space for...

Press Release: The National Commission for Lebanese Women presents Lebanon’s National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, under the patronage of His Excellency Prime Minister Hariri at the Grand Serail

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Beirut, Lebanon Thursday, 20 June 2019 (NCLW, United Nations) - As the Government of Lebanon prepares to endorse the National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security a meeting was held to present the plan to national and international stakeholders – emphasizing the importance of the plan for Lebanon’s long term security and stability. Speaking at the event, H.E. Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon said, “In 2017, my...

UN Women staff trained on disability inclusion

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

UN Women staff from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine participated on the disability inclusion training in Cairo, Egypt. Photo Credits: UN Women/ Nourhan El-Nagdy The UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) held its first Disability Inclusion capacity building training for regional and county office personnel from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine between 21-23 April in Cairo. UN Women decided to develop and deliver the training based on the recommendations to increase...

“I feel great optimism. Madad put an end to my dark days”

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tajdid programme officers visit Leila’s home in Tikrit, Iraq. Photo: Mahmood Mossa Leila Sultan Afsan, 45 years old, and her younger sister used to have a relatively good life in Siniyah in Salah al-Din Province in Iraq until the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took over their town. When their house was destroyed during the battle to liberate the town from ISIL, Leila and her sister were displaced. They now rent a basic room in Tikrit. When she heard from other...

In the words of Rawan Riziq: “Laws addressing violence against women and girls need effective implementation on the ground”

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Rawan Riziq, youth activist from Jordan. Photo: UN Women/ Emad Karim Rawan Riziq , 28, is a PhD student in Educational Psychology from Jordan. She works at the Jordanian-Emirati Camp for Syrian refugees. Rawan attended the Regional Youth Workshop on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in the Arab States generously supported by the Government of Japan. I think that the laws addressing violence against women and girls need effective implementation on the ground. This need to be...

From where I stand: “I am the living proof of what you can do if you don’t give up hope”

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Narjis Mohaisen lost her eyesight at the age of 13, but didn’t give up her studies. After graduating from university, through UN Women’s Cash for Work project in Palestine supported by the Government of Japan, she has discovered ways to support students with disabilities pursue their dreams.

Statement: Placing victims at the centre of investigations spurs justice for survivors of sexual violence in conflict

Thursday, June 13, 2019

In a joint message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Nina Suomalainen, Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response, stress the importance of preventing sexual violence by addressing its root causes, including gender inequality.

Press release: FIFA and UN Women sign first-ever memorandum of understanding

Friday, June 7, 2019

The first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between FIFA and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka at the FIFA Women’s Football Convention

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